clam·​shell | \ ˈklam-ˌshel How to pronounce clamshell (audio) \

Definition of clamshell

1 : the shell of a clam
2a : a bucket or grapple (as on a dredge) having two hinged jaws
b : an excavating machine having a clamshell
c : either of a pair of doors (as in an airplane tail) that open out and away from each other
d : a hinged container, case, or cover that opens like the shell of a clam

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Soft tops are easy to unfold, but hardshells can be even easier, popping up like a clamshell ski box. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The 7 Best Rooftop Tents for Far-Out (and Closer-to-Home) Adventures," 26 Apr. 2019 Try strengthening the glutes with squats, single-leg bridges, clamshells, and banded lateral walks. SELF, "7 Smart Things You Can Do to Proactively Prevent Running Injuries," 26 Sep. 2018 Their clamshell canopy along with the pilot’s Darth Vader helmet stood out. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "An F-35 Pilot Explains What It's Like To Fly the Joint Strike Fighter," 5 Mar. 2019 Form factor: Intel and its partners don’t plan on radically redesigning the PC with much beyond the 2-in-1 and clamshell designs already on the market, Newman said. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Inside Project Athena: How Intel and PC makers are creating the ultra-responsive laptops of tomorrow," 7 Jan. 2019 Joining the lineup are a new 17-inch LG Gram, which the company claims to be the lightest 17-inch clamshell on the market, and the family's first 2-in-1 device in the form of the new 14-inch Gram convertible. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "New 17-inch LG Gram laptop weighs 2.9 pounds, has nearly 20-hour battery life," 12 Dec. 2018 This clamshell features a 15.6-inch 1080p display, a quad-core, 2.3GHz Core i5-8300H processor, 16GB of RAM, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060Ti, a 256GB SSD, and 1TB of storage. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Walmart has your back-to-school shopping covered with these killer Dell, Lenovo laptop deals," 20 Aug. 2018 Water well and slip the pots into clear plastic bags (or close the plastic clamshells). Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Your Own Turmeric Indoors (It's Easier Than You Think)," 3 Feb. 2017 In 2011, there was Motorola’s Lapdock, an otherwise-useless clamshell powered by its Atrix 4G phone. David Pierce, WSJ, "Your Smartphone Is the Best Computer You Own," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of clamshell

circa 1520, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of clamshell was circa 1520

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